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Hulu for Windows 8: A Reason to Dump my iPad

New Hulu Plus App for Windows 8 crushes the iOS version. Can you say multitasking?


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Hulu Plus for Windows 8 tablets

I don’t use my iPad for much except for Hulu Plus, email, news and Kindle. Mostly Hulu Plus.

Given that, I’m sorely tempted to join the Windows 8 camp for the new Hulu Plus app that does so much more than the inelegant app for iPad – just little things like multitasking capabilities that let you check email or browse the Web while watching a show.

Most importantly, the Win 8 user interface crushes its iOS counterpart in so many ways.

Your content “queue,” for example, is simpler to build and navigate; the Hulu search feature is readily accessible no matter where you are in the application; You can easily share content you’re currently viewing or pin it to your Start menu for one-click (or one-touch) access. Windows Live Tiles show you what’s currently being featured in HuluPlus; the multitasking “SnapView” feature is oh so user-friendly; and more.

This is the first application I’ve seen that might convince me to go to the dark side. I’ve never used the Windows 8 “Tile” interface, but I like what I see in the Hulu Plus app.

The app will be released this Friday, Oct. 26 via the Windows Store, and it will be pre-loaded on select Acer and Sony Windows 8 tablets.

I have to admit: I believe the PR hype on this one:

The new Hulu Plus app leverages core Microsoft design principles with our touch-optimized experience. The UI is simple, clean and puts the most relevant content first, creating a visually immersive experience in the most engaging way.

Here’s a blog on the new Hulu Plus app for Windows 8. Check out the video tutorial and some screen shots below.

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SnapView multitasking pane.

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Pin content to the Windows Start menu.

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Favorites in Hulu Plus
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Article Topics

News · Blogs · Video · Digital Media · Ipad · Hulu · Windows 8 · Hulu Plus · All topics

About the Author

Julie Jacobson, Co-Founder, EH Publishing / Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson. [More by Julie Jacobson]

2 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Cory  on  10/23  at  03:22 AM

I think I used Hulu Plus for about a week. Probably the least used app on the ipad for me.

Posted by Finn Petersen  on  11/17  at  11:00 AM

I barely used the Hulu Plus “app” in my Sony BDP during the 30-day trial period - the interface was horrid, but, worse yet, the selection was terrible. Due to licensing agreements, much of the content on Hulu is unavailable on TVs (just mobile/“small screen” devices, which I abhor for viewing video). Imagine paying a subscription for LESS content than the free option!

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